I have several questions about hairloss. IÂ´m 22 and have receding hairline and thining hair, less than NW2. Please tell me about preparations containing minoxidil with liposomes and topical finasteride.
- What are exactly liposomes? How do they work?
- Topical finasteride, effectiveness? Would be effective a home made lotion mixing crushed up proscar pills (i read about how to make it in a blog)and “shake” the bottle? I think thatÂ´s a
waste of money. But adding liposomes in the same or a similar lotion could make the finasteride worked topically. IÂ´m right?
- IÂ´m currently applying minoxidil 5% twice a day and 15-20 minutes after night application y apply retin-a cream (0.05%) only at temples and hairline. I agree with you that tretinoin burns
the scalp so I prefer apply it separately from minox and only on temples at night. Do u think itÂ´s a safe way to use tretinoin?
- And finally, is nizoral 2% the best way to keep you scalp free of sebum? Does minoxidil penetrate better on this way?
I ask your advice also after being on propecia for 1 month I quit the medication because typical side effects, but fortunately they disappeared and iÂ´m going to go back on 0.5 mg propecia EOD (every other day) within a pair of month. What do u think about this issue? Thanks Dr. Rassman, I hope your answer and it helps to other people.
If your hair loss is less than a Norwood 2, are you sure what you’re seeing is actually hair loss and not just a mature hairline?
- According to Wikipedia, “A liposome is a tiny bubble (vesicle), made out of the same material as a cell membrane. Liposomes can be filled with drugs, and used to deliver drugs for cancer and other diseases.”
- Some have marketed topical finasteride, but I have yet to see a good study that indicates if it even works. It is a good way to sell a product to those who do not want to (or are too scared to) take it orally. Don’t let liposomes fool you, but in my opinion it is a brilliant marketing idea.
- I do not think tretinoin (Retin-A) helps with any hair loss treatment. Some use it with minoxidil apparently for better absorption, but I don’t know if that is truth or wishful thinking. I do not recommend doing this.
- Nizoral is a shampoo. They did a great marketing campaign to promote it to people with hair loss. There are various shampoos that work for removing the oily sebum from the scalp, but I can’t say which one is better than the other. I haven’t seen a study that shows minoxidil works better after a shampoo.
I am sorry to hear you had side effects while taking Propecia, but I am glad your side effects are gone. As you said, you can try 1/2 dose or take it every other day and see if it helps. You might also wish to try 1/4 of a pill each day instead of 1/2 a pill every other day, as the half life of the drug is about 4-5 hours.